Wednesday, September 16, 2020

And the moral of the story is...

It's a beautiful day in Western Pennsylvania. Mid-70s with a slight breeze and plenty of sunshine. 

I stopped at Marshall's this morning to buy a gift card for an employee who won the summer contest we hosted at Dignity Home Care Professionals. As I left with my gift card secured in my purse and my mask secured over my nose and mouth (as it should be, right?) 😷, I lowered my sunglasses over my eyes and walked out into the plaza. 😎 My mood was nearing a 10, since doing for others always makes me feel good and I'm really happy about awarding this prize to our employee. 

A stout woman, probably in her 50s, approached me and said, "Congratulations!" I could hear the smile behind her mask.

"Excuse me?" I said.

She mustered up even more enthusiasm and repeated, "Congratulations!"

"For what?"

She nearly cooed. "You're having a baby!" 🤰

Behind my dark glasses and dark mask, she could not see my wrinkled expression as I said, "No, I'm not."

Dejected, she simply said, "Oh," and walked away. No apology. No embarrassment. No "Just kidding!" Nothing.

My 10 mood plummeted as quickly as I walked to my car. Am I really that fat? I wondered. 

As I backed out of my parking space, I picked up the phone and called my best friend of nearly 60 years. 

After she recovered from hearing my story, she said, "But you're so skinny."

Moral of the story: We all need friends like Dawn. BFF. No doubt about it.

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